Federation inks deal with HBO Max for animated series’Squish’

Federation Kids and Family has signed a deal with WarnerMedia-owned HBO Max for children’s animated comedy series Squish. The premium kids content distributor has sold all 52 episodes of Squish to the streaming platform which is scheduled to start airing the series in Q1 2021.

“We are delighted to announce our first deal with HBO Max, a great partner and superb platform for Squish,” said Federation Kids & Family head of sales Monica Levy. “This unique slapstick comedy is perfectly timed as younger viewers try to navigate their way through this pandemic, especially as all the central characters in the series are extremely ‘endearing’ amoeba, viruses and bacteria.”

Produced by Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior, the show was originally commissioned by Gulli. It has since been sold to international broadcasters such as VRT and RTBF (Belgium), Wow and Quebecor (Canada), Hop TV (Israel), Tooniverse (Korea), NEOX (Atresmedia in Spain) to name just a few. It is executive produced and developed by John Derevlany.

Based on the original books by New York Times best-selling authors Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Squish is about everyday school kids, their friendships, parents, and efforts to fit in, centering on the adventures of a twinkie-eating grade school amoeba. Squish’s hometown of Small Pond looks suspiciously like an ordinary suburb, with its tidy streets, schools and homes…with just one small difference: Small Pond is inhabited solely by single-celled organisms. They’re mostly like us, with a few unicellular quirks: algae are the cool kids, parasites can’t be trusted and, of course, bacteria always make a mess of everything!